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Sea Bass with Piquillo Sauce and Jerusalem Artichokes

by Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Eddie Hart, Sam Hart from Barrafina

Delicious seabass served with a sweet and smoky piquillo sauce and earthy Jerusalem artichokes. This Anglo-Spanish recipe is brimming with colour and texture.

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Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Sam Hart, Eddie Hart

Introduction

We love the vibrant colour, flavour and textural combinations in this Anglo-Spanish fusion dish. Wild sea bass is much superior to the farmed variety and should be sought out where possible. Dry the fish thoroughly with kitchen paper before cooking, to help prevent it sticking to the pan.

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Ingredients

300g Jerusalem artichokes
Maldon salt and freshly ground black pepper
125ml olive oil
2 large shallots, peeled and diced
garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2 bay leaves, fresh if possible
1 x 390g tin or jar of piquillo peppers, drained
1 tbsp caster sugar
50ml manzanilla sherry
12 fresh sage leaves
4 fillets of wild sea bass (about 180–200g each)

Essential kit

You will need a blender or food processor.

Method

Peel the Jerusalem artichokes and cook in plenty of salted boiling water until tender – about 30 minutes. Drain, allow to cool, then cut in half lengthways and set aside.

Heat 25ml of the oil in a medium-sized pan. Add the shallots, garlic and bay leaves and gently fry for about 5 minutes, until just translucent. Finely slice the piquillo peppers and add to the pan with the caster sugar. Stir well. Add the manzanilla and 125ml of water, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little. Put into a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Heat 75ml of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan and brown the Jerusalem artichokes on all sides. Add the sage leaves and season well.

While the artichokes are browning, score the skin of the sea bass every 0.5cm or so, taking care not to score all the way to the edge of the fish. Heat the remaining 25ml of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed, non-stick frying pan until smoking and fry the sea bass, skin side down, for about 6 minutes. Season well, then carefully turn the fish and fry on the other side for another 2 minutes, seasoning again.

Serve the fish as soon as it is ready, with the piquillo sauce and Jerusalem artichokes.

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